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Gold Coast determined to bounce back against Nth Qld

Gold Coast United are determined to get back to winning form after a disastrous loss last week. The glamour club were demolished 6-0 by then bottom-placed Wellington Phoenix last Sunday in what can only be described as an aberration and the players are keen to get that winning feeling back.

Goalkeeper Scott Higgins, who replaced the injured Jess Vanstrattan at half-time, seemingly walked into a shooting range when he stepped into goals as the Phoenix piled them on in the second half and is confident that such a performance will not be dished up again.

"Training has been really good this week and you can see the determination in the boys to put things right against the Fury on Saturday night - it can't come quick enough for us," Higgins said.

"It was obviously a bad day for everyone last week, but the great thing about football is that we have the chance to redeem ourselves this weekend - we have already put it behind us.

"Our early-season form was excellent and overall we're doing well in our first season. We've hit a few speed bumps recently but you don't become a bad team overnight and it's important to remember that."

On a personal note, Higgins said he was still feeling confident and took solace in the fact that better shot-stoppers around the world have also had bad days.

"I'm fine and have no dramas at all confidence-wise. There are better goalkeepers in the world who have copped four or five goals in a game and I'm just looking forward to playing this week," he added.

Gold Coast host North Queensland Fury this Saturday night - kick-off is at 8:00pm local time (9:00 AEDT).

Andrew Slevison
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